Bricks and Windows

Bricks and Windows

by Bridget Ball

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Overview

Upstate New York-based vocalist Bridget Ball and her husband (fellow singer-songwriter Christopher Shaw) have quietly built a fine catalog of contemporary folk music marked by consistently high-quality musicianship and thoughtful songwriting. Bricks and Windows is one of Ball's most fully realized efforts, and features guest performances by several Woodstock area notables, including folk revival pioneer Artie Traum, the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, and Garth Hudson from the Band. Perhaps due to the influence of these '60s icons, much of the music on this disc flows with a gentle autumnal vibe typical of classic records by artists like Tim Hardin, Simon & Garfunkel, Steve Gillette, and Jim Croce. Ball and Shaw composed seven of the albums' 12 tunes, and these stand favorably alongside the covers; the duo has a knack for tackling intensely personal and subtle subject matter without resorting to the sickening drippiness that plagues the work of many less-talented modern folk artists. The non-original tunes are well chosen as well. Ball performs Michael Nesmith's classic "Different Drum" with vocal aplomb, but unfortunately adds little to the definitive Stone Poneys version. The other musicians' performances are sensitive throughout, and special mention should be made of Cindy Cashdollar, whose dobro and lap steel playing often makes good songs extraordinary. Overall, Bricks and Windows is the work of a mature and accomplished folk artist who deserves much wider acclaim.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/1993
Label: Twining Tree
UPC: 0765172930721
catalogNumber: 9307
Rank: 243354

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bridget Ball   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Michael Jerling   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals
Artie Traum   Acoustic Guitar
John Sebastian   Harmonica,Autoharp
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Teresina Huxtable   Organ,Reed Organ
Tony Markellis   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Bowed Bass,Acoustic Bass
Brian Melick   Percussion
Larry Packer   Violin
Christopher Shaw   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sredni Vollner   Harmonica
Gary Hudson   Accordion
Ed Lowman   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Michael Jerling   Producer
Bridget Ball   Producer
Aaron Hurwitz   Engineer
Scott Petito   Engineer
Ed Lowman   Contributor

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